Former San Francisco Archbishop Arrested for Driving Drunk in Hawaii

Cardinal William Joseph Levada was vacationing on the Big Island with his priest friends
Cardinal Arrested for DUI

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Cardinal William Joseph Levada speaking at the 2015 Mazatlán Forum.

A former archbishop from San Francisco was arrested on August 19 for driving drunk in Hawaii.

Cardinal William Joseph Levada, 79, who was vacationing in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island with some priest friends, was pulled over on Queen Kaahumanu Highway when police noticed the car swerving.

Levada was released from jail after posting a $500 bail, but is expected to show up to the Kona District Court September 24. “I regret my error in judgment,” He said in a statement. “I intend to continue fully cooperating with the authorities.”

Levada, of Menlo Park, California, was appointed as a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in May 2005. He holds the title of Prefect Emeritus of the Conclave of the Faith. Levada was also the first U.S. bishop to lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in the Vatican. He retired in 2012.


“Speaking generally at all levels of the organization, such things would be looked at on a case-by-case basis,” Archdiocese of San Francisco spokesperson Michael Brown told the Huffington Post. “Where a lapse in judgment occurred, the matter would probably be considered less serious. If the matter seemed to indicate a more serious problem, this would be treated more seriously. This would be true at all employee levels.”